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the world," we begin in vatican city. pope benedict xvi's final days in power filling up with a scandal. >> the top cardinal just resigned after four priests accused him of inappropriate acts. and the vatican in damage control mode after reports of network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by prostitutes. >>> fidel castro sworn in and announces this is his last go-round. he says he plans to retire in 2018, most likely to put an end of rule by castros. >>> and south africa, another pistorius facing charges in a woman's death, carl pistorius, the older brother of oscar pistorius, charged with culpable homicide after he was involved in a car axe deputy two years ago. >> they say carl pistorius was driving recklessly. he was to go to trial last week but that's been pushed back to the end of march because of the murder charges against his brother. >>> back to vatican city. where alleged sex scandal and intrigue swirling around the catholic church right now, happening just days before pope benedict xvi is stepping down. >> talk about timing. the pope just issued an order allowing the
with the outgoing pope benedict. >> they have known each other since the early 80's and the cardinal told us he will meet with the pope on thursday morning for a farewell which will be very emotional. when the pope, when he was a cardinal, he chose him to replace him as the prefect of the congregation and when he was pope benedict he elevated him to cardinal in 2006. he retired last year and never thought he would be part of a conclave. pope benedict's resignation surprised him and he is landing to leave for rome tomorrow and said even if you are not catholic he is asking you keep him if your thoughts. >> i will be the first former ambassador -- archbishop of san francisco to have this solemn duty. i rely on the prayers of all the faithful of church and i ask the prayers of my brothers and sisters in other christian communities. jesus has assured us that the prayers we pray to god will receive a response. i ask, as well, the good will and prayers of the whole community for this important moment in the history of the catholic church. >> the conclave is not without controversy. the scottish cardi
history with the outgoing pope benedict. >> they have known each other since the early 80's and the cardinal told us he will meet with the pope on thursday morning for a farewell which will be very emotional. when the pope, when he was a cardinal, he chose him to replace him as the prefect of the congregation and when he was pope benedict he elevated him to cardinal in 2006. he retired last year and never thought he would be part of a conclave. pope benedict's resignation surprised him and he is landing to leave for rome tomorrow and said even if you are not catholic he is asking you keep him if your thoughts. >> i will be the first former ambassador -- archbishop of san francisco to have this solemn duty. i rely on the prayers of all the faithful of church and i ask the prayers of my brothers and sisters in other christian communities. jesus has assured us that the prayers we pray to god will receive a response. i ask, as well, the good will and prayers of the whole community for this important moment in the history of the catholic church. >> the conclave is not without con
is elected. i'm in rome with the >>> pope benedict xvi stepped down in a couple days and turns out. catholics may have a new pope sooner than they think. >> today the pope made history by changing church law. >> pope benedict xvi revised the rule on how his successor will be chosen. cardinals no longer have to wait 15 days. after benedict steps down thursday, cardinals can decide to move up the secret ceremony to elect a pope, known as the conclave. >> they should decide as quickly as possible. i thought it would be something that would take a lot longer. >> the vatican would like it in place in place before march 24. the new pope must be installed a week earlier. when voting starts, keith o'brian will be absent. the vatican confirms o'brian resigned amid allegations -- he denied the accusations and said he does not want the allegations to be a distraction. >> fact that his resignation has been accepted by pope benedict, i think is significant. not of guilt, but certainty that we want an investigation to begin. >> some tourists at the vatican say the new allegations are another blemish f
. >>> this was a bittersweet day at the vatican as pope benedict xvi made his final sunday appearance as the church faced new allegations of wrongdoing. nbc's anne thompson is at the vatican for us again tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. today's events, you can see both the strengths and weaknesses of the catholic church, the exuberant energy and faith in the massive crowd gathered here, and the new charges of abuse that continue to haunt this institution. today, the world came to st. peter's square for pope benedict's final sunday blessing. part pep rally. part prayer service. just being in the crowd of 1,000 was a learning experience for these american students. >> that the faith has no national boundaries and political interests. >> reporter: the object of their affection and gratitude, the 85-year-old pontiff. he told the crowd he is not abandoning the church but answering god's call to more prayer and meditation, more appropriate for his age and strength. yet even in this joyful square, the scandals that marked his papacy were on the minds of some. >> i think he has done an
part in next month's conclave toll elect the new pope. pope benedict has changed the rules of the conclave allowing the cardinals to start early if they will all arrive before the usual 15-day waiting period between his resignation and the start of the conclave. the former ambassador bishop of san francisco will be answering questions this morning about his upcoming trip to rome appointed by pope benedict xvi in 2005. pardon of his responsibilities at the van can now include reviewing sex abuse claims. pope benedict's resignation is effective on thursday. >> pope benedict gave the final sunday pleasing in vatican city yesterday as rumors swirled over the reason behind his sudden resignation. he gave thanks to an estimated 100,000 in st. peter's square. on thursday he is the first pope to resign in 600 years. italian newspapers speculate he is resigning because of sex and blackmail scandal that will be made public. >> affleck's argo won best picture and two other categories. >> everyone in the movie, did anything with the movie gets thanks. >> he looked excited, don't you th
. >>> pope benedict xvi delivers his final sunday blessing. what he had to say to thousands at st. peter square. >>> an historic day at the daytona 500. >>> complete bay area news coverage starts right now. this is ktvu channel 2 news at 5. >>> good evening. i'm ken wayne. >> and hello, everyone. i'm heather holmes. dozens of people are figuring out their next steps tonight after a fast-moving fire tore through their apartment building in san francisco. kara is live at the scene and tells us it was police officers who first spotted the smoke. >> reporter: that's right. the officers were headed to another call when they saw smoke coming from this apartment building. just a few hours ago, this entire intersection was shut down. right now you can see a red cross truck parked out front. volunteers are helping those displaced by the fire. some 40 people were forced to evacuate the five--story apartment building just before noon. >> cops screaming and banging on doors. we told them we were coming, and they're saying, no, now, now, now! we're trying to throw on clothes. i'm still scared. >> re
. >> new identity. more work tomorrow. >> thanks. c "cnn newsroom" continues after this. >>> pope benedict xvi last week at the vatican, no short of drama, of course. a cardinal from scott atlanta now resigning over inappropriate behavior. >>> and the reports of blackmail, sex parties and abuse. >>> they were out sailing but their boat reportedly sank. four people, including two young children, are missing. the search off the coast of california. >>> and he is now back in the spotlight. notre dame linebacker manti te'o, he's asking nfl teams, judge his skills, not his personal life. this is "cnn newsroom," i'm suzanne malveaux. >>> 35 million americans dealing with a crippling blizzard, a winter storm from colorado to texas. second major storm to hammer the region in a week. so, this is what it looks like. in is amarillo, texas, whiteout conditions now closing roads, even forcing the state to pull its snowplows off the roads. emergency crews having some trouble actually reaching stranded drivers. in wichita, texas -- kansas, rather, schools are closed for a third day. parts of the city cou
pope benedict reassured roman catholics that will continue to serve god when he enters retirement on thursday. but as that transition gets under way, allen pizzey reports a new vatican scandal has emerged. >> benedict used his final sunday blessing to assure the estimated 100,000 people in st. peter's square that he wasn't abandoning the church. the 85-year-old pope said we would continue to serve but in a way more suitable to my age and my strengths. the crises that sapped his strength continue to swirl even as benedict goes into what he calls a new life of prayer and meditation. >> in the name of the father. >> three priests of the former cleric have claimed that cardinal keith o'brien of scotland engage in the inappropriate contact with them 30 years ago. their charges were sent to the 1r59 can a week before the prepare resigned. the myriad scandals in the church didn't worry elizabeth warbl of st. paul minnesota. >> it's in god's hands. the holy spirit has been with the church for 2,000 years, i don't think it will crumbable in a year. >> kenneth sympathized with benedict. >>
have a new pope sooner than expected. just a few days before stepping down, pope benedict xvi changes church law in historic move. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi has revised the rule on how his successor will be chosen. cardinals no longer have to wait 15 days after the pope resigns to begin voting for a new holy father. after benedict steps down on friday, cardinals can decide to move up the secret ceremony to elect a pope known as the conclave. >> i think they should do it as quickly as possible. >> i'm very surprised, i thought it would be something that took a lot longer. >> reporter: the vatican would like a new pope in place on march 24th. that means the new pope must be installed a week earlier. when the voting starts, scotish cardinal keith o bryan will be noticeably absent. o'brien resigned under allegations that he behaved inappropriately with other priests 30 years ago. he says he does not want the allegation to be a distraction. >> the fact that his registration -- resignation has been accepted by pope benedict is good. not in
. italians go to the polls. will these candidates garner enough to get a stable government? paul benedict the 16th reassures programs that he is not abandoning the roman catholic church. what change will this bring? >> we need to go now. >> will it be "argo" tonight at the oscars? welcome to the program. death by torture. that is what the palestinian government says arafat's jaradat died during an israeli prison. they say his death was from a heart attack. jaradat was arrested six days ago on suspicion of throwing stones and wednesday and israeli. his death has sparked thousands of palestinian prisoners on a 24 hour hunger strike. authorities say he had bruises and broken ribs and a bloodied nose. >> it is clear that jaradat was subjected to torture which led to his death. i give complete responsibility to israel. it is undeniable that the version of events from israel is made up. >> in my opinion, i blame the prison officers and the israeli prison services. it took them six days. they told him to say goodbye to your children. >> we are joined live from jerusalem. hello. we have seen peop
will be watching. >>> pope benedict xvi hiding in plain site, and deadline approaching on capitol hill, how does budding heads over spending cuts could effect all of us. >> sunshine on a sunday but there is a storm system approaching the west coast. will we see rain here from the storm system? clear night tonight over the beautiful bay bridge, low temperatures tonight and when we hit 70 again. that is coming up. ,,,, ,,,, his last sunday blessing at vatican. but while the pope may be ste . >>> president obama delivered his last sunday bless -- pope benedict xvi delivered his last sunday blessing. from have itcon city with detail -- vatican city with details. >> reporter: he assured the 100,000 people in st. peters square he wasn't abandoning the church. he said he would continue to suv but in a way more suitable to my age and strength. pope benedict xvi goes into what he call as new life for prayer and meditation. >> in the name -- >> reporter: they claimed he encaged in inappropriate contact with him years ago. the scandals didn't worry her. >> it is in god's hands. >> reporter: he sympathized.
worth $48,000. >> ben tracy, thanks. >>> pope benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his decision to retire. this morning the pope changed the conclave rules allowing the cardinals to hold the conclave earlier than normal. and there is news surrounding one of the cardinals who was set to help pick benedict's successor. alan pizzey is in have the can city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican and the conclave. cardinal keith o'brien of scotland announced he was resigning and would not take part in the conclave to announce benedict's successor. he was accused of what's called inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the major issue of choosing pope benedict's successor. that brings the number of voting cardinals down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it. in his words, in a
leaders say those increases are unacceptable. >>> pope benedict has three more days as leader of the catholic church. he delivered a service in a packed st. peters square. he will officially step down at 8:00 p.m. on thursday. pope benedict resigns amid rumors of a sex scandal, such as gay priests being blackmailed. >>> the end of the castro era in cuba, in sight. raul castro says he plans on stepping down in 2018, which is the end of his second term. fidel castro's 81-year-old brother made the announcement sunday, shortly after the country's national assembly elected him to a second five-year term. as for a possible successor? raul castro says cuba's first vice president, miguel diaz, is part of a new generation that will provide the future leadership of that country. >>> high school administrators in grant forks, north dakota, are investigating a shocking incident. three students showed up for a state hockey tournament on friday, wearing ku klux klan-style hoods. a photo of the three was posted to twitter. generated a lot of outrage. school officials have contacted the paren
terms. a milestone moment witnessed by thousands. pope benedict delivered his final sunday blessing. as anne thompson explains, he prepares for retirement and it new controversy. >> during the final blessing of pope benedict. the 100,000 people not only got a blessing but they heard the pope give more reason for why he is retiring. he told the crowd got has called him on the mountain. -- god has called him on the mountain to live a life of prayer and meditation. he wants to live this life with the same kind of dedication but to do so in a way more appropriate for his age and strength. >> affection, closeness, and prayer. >> the event played out against the background of a new scandal. the priests what the cardinal to resign immediately. a spokesperson told me the pope will be informed about the matter. the vatican will issue a statement tomorrow morning. >> still ahead, which stars can call themselves oscar winners. plus, love for the game and a big donation. it adds up to a great new experience for baltimore school boards. -- girls. >> other storms waiting in the wings. the car >>
-- >> pope benedict gives his final sunday blessing before he retires. the pontiff said he will continue to serve the church after he retires with the same dedication. pope benedict will make his last public appearance on wednesday and retire on thursday, becoming the first pope to do so in the hundreds of years. there are new details surrounding oscar pistorius' bond agreement. he was released on bail on friday he. is accused of murdering his girlfriend on valentine's day, and his older brother also faces murder charges. >> for three days since his release on bail, the stuff of global headlines come oscar pistorius has not set foot outside his uncle's house. his older brother also faces questions of his own out here. staying silent, he is charged himself in a separate case involving a homicide. it stems from a car accident six years ago. he was charged with driving recklessly. the attention on oscar's case has not let up for a moment. friends of grievous steenkamp react to his release. >> personally, i believe he deserves to stay in jail. >> his coat pocket with starting training again
insight into your pets and your thought. we test our own dog to find out. >> pope benedict xvi order some big changes. another scandal at the church. >> two well-known companies teaming up to make a change to our cars. >> the conclave to choose the successor to pope benedict xvi could come about sooner than expected. >> as the vatican prepares for historic change. there's also some damage control under way. a day after speaking from the window for the last time. pope benedict xvi change the rules for the upcoming conclave. letting cardinals' move but they start date if they're in a room before the 15-day transitional period. this could be the most important decision of his life. >> i really [inaudible] said that i can hear that voice. >> the conclave will get under way amid new turbulence. today the vatican announced pope benedict xvi has accepted the resignation of scotland's top catholic figure. saying he turns 75 next month. the normal retirement age for bishop. just yesterday the british paper reported allegations that he abused four men studying to be priests in the 1980's. in los an
benedict steps down on thursday. yesterday he gave his final sunday blessing and defended his position to retire and there's news this morning surrounding one of the cardinals who helped pick benedict's successor and the pope has changed the conclave rules to hold the conclave earlier than normal. allen pizzey is in vatican city. >> reporter: more troubles for the vatican city and the conclave. it was announced he was resigning and would not take part. cardinal o'brien is the focus of atense because he's been accused of inappropriate contact with four young priests some 30 years ago. the cardinal denies the allegations but said he was not taking part in the conclave so as not to detract from the conclave to choose pope benedict's successor. that brings the number down to 115. benedict told the faithful who came to his last sunday blessing that he was not abandoning the church but doing what was best to serve it in a way more suitable to my age and my strength. certainly the scandal that keeps erupting would tax the strength of any 85-year-old. even before ben dig
. awesome. get the grappling hook to... dad, i... no? ok. >>> if benedict the xvi was hoping for a quiet end to a sometimes turbulent papacy, it is obviously not to be. just four days before the pope's own resignation takes effect, we learned the only catholic cardinal in britain, keith o'brien, seen here, keith o'brien of scotland, has also resigned and won't be taking part in the conclave to choose pope benedict's successor. a british newspaper is saying that three priests and one former priest have accused o'brien of, quote, inappropriate relationships dating back to the 1980s. he denies that, and he was due to step down anyway because of his age. but he was also expected to gather in rome this week, or next, with his fellow cardinals. and if anybody thought the church's scandals would end when a new pope was chosen, that is not to be either. the pope today decided that a top-secret vatican report on the document leak, remember that document leak that was blamed on the pope's butler? well, it's a report that he and only he is supposed to have seen. but it is supposed to be left to his suc
the final blessing of pope benedict. the 100,000 people on hand got the blessing and heard the hope give more reasons. he told the crowd that god told thime live a life of more prayer and medication. the 85-year-old pontiff said god asked him to live his life with the same dedication but in a way more appropriate for his age and strength. >> gratitude, expression and prayer. >> very happy to hear that he is not going away from this and that he is going to be in prayer. i was moved to hear those words from him. >> i was very grateful y. have seen the pope before. now i am grateful to see the pope for the last time for now. >> reporter: this very joyous event played out against background of news scandal. headlines about priests accusing scottish cardinals of inappropriate behavior going back some 30 years. those priests and the former priests want cardinal o'brien to resign immediately before he comes here to vote for the new pope. a papal spokesperson says the pope will be informed about the matter and the vatican will issue a statement tomorrow morning. >>> pope benedict will make his l
. >> reporter: pope benedict delivered his final blessing to tens of thousands from his apartment overlooking saint peters square. between rounds of applause and emotional prayers -- >> i had some tears from my eyes. >> reporter: the holy father said he is not abandoning the church. he is retiring to spend his final years in prayer. the 85-year-old is stepping down on thursday. the first pope to do so in 600 years. >> you can feel it is something special among the people here. >> reporter: cardinals from around the world are arriving in rome to elect the next pope. what is normally a delicate transition has been interrupted by morale tkpwaeugs of scandal. >> italian media is reporting that the pope decided to resign after learning that a secret room of gay priests were being blackmailed. >> reporter: closed door vatican discussions about the allegations. the church calls the report false. >> it is focused on scandals in the church. again some, have been very, very real. nobody is denying them. the focus only goes to that we are deflected t
the checkered flag. >> my players and thoughts with all the people hurt in the grandstands. >> pope benedict xvi delivers mass at the vatican one more time. >> also ahead, a southern california card nationality will replace him. why authorities questioned him today before he left for the vatican. >> also, why neighbors are upset with a plan to upgrade a section of san francisco's waterfront. >> and warriors go for a third win of a row. >> i'm leigh glaser and few subtle changes in our forecast for hey! did you know that honey nut cheerios has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! ♪ wow. [ buzz ] delicious, right? yeah. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... ♪ well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? bee happy. bee healthy. with clusters of flakes and o's. oh, ho ho... it's the honey sweetness. i...i mean, you...love. so i used my citi thankyou card to pick up some accessories. a new belt. some nylons. and what girl wouldn't need new shoes? and with all the points i've been earning, i was able to get us a flight to our favorite climbing spot, even o
's business outlook plus controversy over why pope benedict xvi is stepping down and why afghanistan's order to remove special forces surprised washington. "early today" is back in two minutes. here are some stories we're watching. gas prices continue to soar. it jumped 20 cents in the past two weeks. that's a nearly 54-cent jump in just the last nine weeks. prices will not don't rise at this pace and a bloomberg survey suggests oil prices will drop through march 1st. >>> afghan president karzai shocked pentagon officials as he ordered all u.s. special op forces to leave a key battleground province and taliban stronghold in two weeks. u.s. military officials strongly deny u.s. commandos condoned or were involved in any kidnapping, torture, or murders of afghan civilians or suspects. >>> another ripple in the oscar pistorius story. he isn't the only one in his family accused of killing someone. an attorney for pistorius family confirmed his older brother, carl, is charged with culpable homicide, the equivalent of negligent homicide, after allegedly striking and killing a female motorcyclist w
back in 2011. >>> this week marks pope benedict's last as head of the catholic church. he gave his final sunday blessing to a crowd of 100,000 followers yesterday in st. peter's square, saying that he will continue to serve god. his second to last public appearance as pope. he'll step down from the papacy thursday evening. the first pope to do so in 600 years but even in his final days as pope benedict can't escape the controversies that consumed much of his papacy. through a spokesman o'brien denies the charges is seeking legal counsel as always, why are you awake? shoot us an e-mail. or tweet us or me at bshactman >> still ahead on way too early -- the new york yankees suffer a major setback, curtis granderson hit by a pitch in his very first plate appearance. >>> plus -- >> i want to acknowledge steven spielberg. >> i want to thank canada. our friends in iran. >> he's a really jacked up. ben affleck might have been snubbed for best director nomination, but he had plenty to say when his film "argo" took best picture. >>> iraq launched a devastating schedule missile attack on saud
,000 people have been killed during the two-year civil war. >>> and pope benedict xvi is changing the rules of the conclave, days before he's set to step down. it would allow the college of cardinals to begin the conclave earlier. if they arrive before the 15- day transition period. pope benedict xvi signed the document making the change official today, part of the effort to have the new pope chosen before the start of holy week on march 24th. >> this movement is going on. >> no date is set. in order to have a new pope, he would have to be installed by sunday, march 17th -- 17th. >>> and the edge on d.c. and the council does something it's done once more. the council men was rip minuted and stripped of his oversight of the city's alcohol regulation. the punishment comes after a ruling by the ethics board, saying graham broke the code of connection. >>> and two rests -- arrests were made in high profile cases. he was gunned down last september and police charged the 20-year-old bennett the murder and had the gun to kill ross on him when he was arrested for another shooting and a series of ro
the authenticity of the clips. >>> pope benedict says he'll continue to serve the church after he steps down from his post later this week. the 85-year-old pontiff told an estimated 100,000 people in st. pete's square today that god called him to a life of prayer and meditation. washington's archbishop will be at the vatican for the pope's final week. he left for rome today. after presiding over a mass of thanksgiving for benedict's papacy. he's part of the conclave selecting the next pope. at mass, he spoke about the need for a pontiff to function in modern times. >> the office is also exercised today in an age of instantaneous communication, where social media dominate how we relate to one another and therefore how the voice of peter must be articulated if it's to be heard. >> once in rome, he will meet with the pope and he and the other members of the conclave will start the process of choosing his successor. >>> turning to the weather now. a spring-like day to wrap up the weekend. hoping for a repeat tomorrow. here's the man who can tell us in that will happen. hi, chuck. >> good evening, eve
on by pope benedict's departure, there are even more changes when it comes to naming his replacement. he has agreed to modify a longstanding vatican law. now this report. >> a day after he appeared out his window for the final time he tried to insure a church besieged by scandal that it will not stay without a leader for long. the chains the rules for the next conclave. and all scan now elect a new pope immediately after his resignation. vatican insiders say it's not a moment too soon. they're fighting claims he stepped down because of stories of gay priests and blackmail contained in a confidential dossier. he decreed that only the next pope can see the dossier meaning it may remain secret forever. >> most of these whispers are not true. >> a british cardinal keith o'brien is known for outspoken views against thomas sexuality. >> many priests have find it's very difficult to cope with same-sex marriage. >> there's a report that he made unwanted sexual advances and now he's resigned. cardinal roger mahony in los angeles is accused of concealing the crimes of a pedophile priest, but he will
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the vatican this morning, ahead the cardinals' shake up happening days before pope benedict xvi resignation. >> four people including two children are miss off bay area coast. the search efforts to 90 the boaters and bring them to safety. . >> live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> we thank you for waking up early and joining us. >> right now we have developing news. the coast guard is everyoning the dark waters off the san mateo coast right now for two adults and two young children. the four disappeared after reporting their sailboat was sinking. now, live from the coast guard. >> as the sun comes up, the search will intensify for the four people, a mother and father, their four-year-old son, and his young cousin. they vanished yesterday about 4:30 in the afternoon when the boat started taking on water. they made an initial distress call to the coast guard. the coast guard was able to determine the boat was 65 miles off half moon bay. the 29' sailboat was sinking, and the electronics were failing and then they reported they had to abandon the vote which did not have an
voting change and the allegations of inappropriate behavior. >> pope benedict xvi has revised the rule on how his successor will be chosen. they no longer have to wait 15 days to begin voting for a new holy father. after benedict steps down on thursday cardinals can decide to move up the ceremony. >> i think we should get it to as soon as possible. >> i'm surprise d. >> they would like a new pope before easter week, march 24th. keith o'brien will be noticeably absent. he resigned amid allegations he behaved inappropriately with other priests 30 years ago. o'brien denies the acquisitions and says he does not want the allegations to be a distraction. >> the fact that it has been accepted by pope benedict i think is significant. not of guilt, but certainly that we want an investigation to begin. >> some tourists say the new allegations are another blemish for the church. >> it's sad. very sad. >> i think it's a shame they have to experience that. >> pope benedict also met monday with the elderly cardinals who conducted a probe into the leak of vatican documents. the out going pope has de
of pope benedict xvi. the pontiff today delivered his final message. he told the crowd that he will take up a life of prayer and meditation to quote continue serving the church. benedict announced earlier this month he will retire february 28th due to failing health. italian news reports says there are more serious reasons for the pope's departure. but many catholics are standing by the catholic church. >> i felt i really needed to be here at church today and pray for the best resolution for our leaders and for the pope. >> although benedict sites failing health, two newspapers say he is leaving to distance himself from a group of gay priests in the -- >>> we'll take you to the greater number -- glitz and glamour. >>> the brother of olympic actor pistorious is also facing legal foes. why he's now facing his own homicide investigation. >>> in tonight's special report we take a look at how easy it is for people to buy illegal exotic pets. >>> san francisco celebrating oscar night with lots of boas and bubbly. hundreds took in on the bash tonight. jade hernandez was at the big event that a
that for you on tomorrow's "cbs evening news." pope benedict has just three days left in office and today in one of his last acts before retiring he changed the church rules so that the election of his successor can begin sooner. whoever that successor is, allen pizzey tells us he will be inheriting a church in turmoil. >> reporter: the pope seems increasingly at peace as he says his last good-byes. but he leaves behind the vatican beset by troubles for the next pope and those who will choose him. today, britain's most senior cleric, scottish cardinal keith o'brien, officially resigned and then took the unprecedented step of opting out of the conclave after he was accused of inappropriate contact with three priests dating back 30 years. o'brien disputes the accusation bus said he didn't want to be the focus of media attention in rome. the news came as the pope accepted a report into what is likely to be his successor's greatest burden. an internal investigation into power struggles and corruptions within the vatican hierarchy. the pope ordered the investigation after his butler was found
three days left in his papacy, the vatican wanted the spotlight to be on pope benedict. instead the world is seeing the darker side of the church, the in-fighting and scandals that today claimed britain's highest-ranking catholic. for scotland's cardinal o'brien, the end came with astonishing swiftness. today o'brien resigned and said he will not attend the conclave to elect a new pope. the first cardinal in history to stay away, because of a personal scandal. sunday, a british newspaper published accusations by three priests and a former priest that o'brien engaged in inappropriate behavior with them, going back to the 1980s. >> holy father accepted the resignation -- >> reporter: 24 hours later, pope benedict accepted o'brien's resignation as archbishop of saint andrews and he had en boro. >> the catholic church is in quite a bit of turmoil. >> reporter: o'brien denied the claims and said in a statement today, for any failures, i apologize to all whom i've offended. >> the one that handed me over to you -- >> reporter: just last week, o'brien spoke out about the american cardi
, soledad. breaking news as pope benedict xvi entering his final days as leader of the catholic church, britain's top cardinal, keith o'brien stepping down. this following accusations that o'brien abused young men studying for the priest hood and amid italian media reports that the pope is stepping down due to a vatican involving priests and male prostitutes. becky anderson is live with more. good morning, becky. >> they say a week is a long time in politics, but an hour is a long time in politic there. there is a news briefing going on for journalists as we speak. i'll get you as many of the lines out of that as i can. bombshells coming sort of right, left and scepter this morning out of vatican. let's start with that breaking news on the top brit tissue cardinal. cardinal keith o'brien who has resigned. the pop has declared that today. we are told he talked about his resignation to the pope back in november. he was of ailing health and at 75 he thought he should go. but his resignation hasn't been announced, nor was it going to be until his birthdate on march 15th. as of today, the t
, include iing some rules from pope benedict that change how they pick his replacement. >> the pope has given the cardinals permission to move up the start date of the conclave which will choose his successor. a cardinal that has been in the headlines for the past 24 hours for all the wrong reasons decides to resign and says he's not coming to the conclave. all this is happening while the faithful celebrate the end of benedict's papacy. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemental vehemently denies. because of his role protecting abusive priests, decide to stay home. and cardinal o'brian. >> someone has erred in some way or another, it doesn't salt their judgment. >> reporter: today he resigned. ugly headline that is one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics but other parts of it are the long-delayed reckoning with problems that require face iingd correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many o
an outpouring of love and admiration for the retiring pontiff. pope benedict xvi, sunday's final blessing as leader of 1.2 billion catholics, and worshippers packing st. peter's square as they prepare for the transition. in the next minute, the pontiff's word to the world. and a bombshell admission from the family of blade runner oscar pistorius, he's up on murder charges and now a family member facing charges for the death of a different woman. fox reports, the new developments on the legal firestorm surrounding the olympic star. and this bartender fired for trying to do what she says was the right thing. >> and simply had a very drunk person leaving the bar, he's going to kill someone. but she lost her job anyway. why? >> i'm harris falkner, first tonight on the fox report, the great american race. the daytona 500 is in the record books. the day began with a series of firsts for nascar racing and ended with a familiar name-- >> for the second time the daytona 500 goes to jimmie johnson, five-time champion. >> harris: jimmie johnson and danica patrick was third entering the final lap, bu
benedict xvi gave the final blessing over the week. it was a message of the power of prayer. the pope said he feels that god is calling him to devout himself to medication and reflection and prayer and not abandoning the church in any way. the strong message in light of the changes to church law allowing conclave to begin earlier which may be just in time as britain's highest ranking catholic leader found himself confronted by allegations of sexual misconduct. he denies the accusations of inappropriate contact submitted by a priest and three former priests. this is a critical time for the catholic church. so let's spin on it. i think putting aside the pope's legacy which is a little bit more complicated and i'm actually going to write about that this week, just addressing these issues, it seems to me and i was reading cardinal o'brien's response to this and his statement and he writes i want to thank pope benedict for his kindness and courtesy. i will not join them for conclave in person. i don't wish media attention in rome focused on me. that's all fine and good and i don't really know i
have i i don't in italian across their chests. well, big news out of the vatican today. pope benedict xvi has now moved up the date of the conclave to gather to elect his successor. as another cardinal is still touched by the continuing sex abuse scandal. nbc's ann thompson joins me from rome with more details. first of all, the timing of the conclave, i know the rules allow the cardinals to move it up. what is he saying? when do you think this will begin? >> that's a good question, andrea. despite the pope's actions today, we still don't know when the conclave will exactly start. what the pope did today is give the cardinals the permission to move up the start date with this provico, that all the cardinal electors, all those cardinals under the age of 80 that will vote for the next pope have to be here to decide on the new start date. so the cardinals will start gathering on march 1st, the day after benedict retires, and perhaps they will take a vote, make a decision either march 1st or march 2nd. right now the early date seems to be march 10th, but it's just a guess. nobody is reall
. in his final sunday blessing, pope benedict xvi told a crowd of thousands in st. peter's square that he'll be taking up a life of prayer. pope benedict says he's not "abandoning the church" but will serve it in "a way more suitable" to his age and strength. earlier this month, he announced his resignation which is to take place in four days. rumors around the reason for the resignation include the cover up of a gay conclave the vatican has denied these rumors. return to index of stories... oscar pistorius isn't the only one in his family accused of killing someone. oscar's older brother, carl pistorius, is accused of culpable homicide in the 2010 death of a female motorcyclist. prosecutors say pistorius was driving recklessly when he was involved in a fatal accident in south africa. pistorius' attorney disputes the allegations, claiming the woman rode the motorcycle into his client's vehicle. carl's trial has been scheduled for the end of march, meaning his trial could be completed before oscar's trial for the death of his girlfriend even begins. well, well, well. growing up, we didn't
shared by the people. >> benedict 2 6:00 is -- 85-year-old pontiff stepped down earlier this week. and paul brennan has the report. pope benedict lances over his blessing and laid wit significance. twone an audience of -- the pope offered reassurance. the pope wants me to dedicate myself more to prayer or meditation. he said -- it is so that i may continue to serve wit love. but in a manner more appropriate. for his decision to resign. well -- it was surprising. something new. will we all have a little of fear, a little bit of surprise. wow, you know? why? >> but that hasn't prevented feverishness fed yeah. uncovered evidence of cooperation and sexual blackmail within the vat began. the >>s are top secret. no one's easy seen it. there are journalists think it's speck lar. it's going to of course, fill the vacuum we heard reports of a gay lobby we heard reports of all these things. obviously things he decided to resign. there are calling for the cardinals before they i elect the officials. . that's the process. >> we for closed it. , by the time will have to express in full little
's exciting finish came one day after a frightening cash. >>> pope benedict xvi has given his final blessing before he steps down on thursday. about 100,000 people were in st. peters square. he told the crowd he would take up a life of prayer and meditation and he's not abandoning the church. pope benedict will be the first in 600 years to step down. the st. mary's monosenior also dismissed recent reports about sex scandals. some say the pope is leaving to distance himself from gay priests at the vatican that are being blackmailed. the vatican says the allegations are completely false. >>> more information on the oscar pistorius shooting. a spokeswoman for pistorius says he is in pitoria. he met with correctional officers under the bail terms in his murder case. he is staying at ancona can -- at an uncle's house. he is charged with killing his girlfriend earlier this month. >>> investigators are stepping up their search for a suspect in a las vegas shooting. they identified mr harris as a suspect in a gunfight that killed three people. incollideing wrapper ken -- rapper kenny clutch. he file
and the final days of pope benedict's rule. this morning the vatican says he has accepted the resignation of scotland's archbishop. cardinal keith o'brien has been dogged by accusations he abused four men in the 1980s, all of those men studying to become priest. this as pope benedict delivered his final public prayer ceremony and accusation that a scandal may have prompted the first papal resignation in 600 years. cnn's ben wedeman looks at the explosive claims thundering through the vatican. >> reporter: reports broke in two leading italian publications suggests his reason for resigning was far more explosive. shock at the discovery of a network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes. according to the reports, the results of an investigation by three cardinals assigned to look into wrongdoing at the vatican were submitted to pope benedict on december 17th last year. the report suggests that serious improprieties within the vatican amounted to violations of sixth and seventh commandments, thou shalt not steal and thou shalt not commit adultery. pope ben
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